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When Doing Justly, Loving Mercy, and Walking Humbly Stand at Odds

If your compassion far exceeds your capacity, here’s how prayer helps you to do justly, love mercy, and walk humbly.

Briana Almengor

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When Doing Justly, Loving Mercy, and Walking Humbly Stand at Odds

One of my life verses is Micah 6:8, “He has told you, O man, what is good; and what does the Lord require of you but to do justice, and to love kindness, and to walk humbly with your God?”

It’s one of my favorite verses because my heart has been so moved by the love Jesus has for me and the sacrifice He made for me. I’m grateful to have a way to express my gratitude through acts of justice and mercy while walking humbly with God.

I have found at times, however, the call to do justice and love mercy come in conflict with the call to walk humbly with God.

The Problem With Limitations

For me, one of the ways to walk humbly with God is to recognize my limitations. I have to put skin to the fact that I’m not God which means saying, “no” to ministry requests. It means going to sleep when I could spend time advocating for the harrowed and helpless in the world. It means limited seats at my table, limited funds in my bank account, and limited energy in my body can’t be ignored but respected and adhered to.

This is hard for me at times, especially when I scroll my Facebook feed. I see friends who are caring for their really sick children, spouse, or another family member all while millions of refugees flee war-torn countries and babies are slaughtered by the hundreds each day in our country through the abortion industry.

As I scroll, I receive texts about one family member’s surgery gone wrong and another family member announcing a new baby is on the way. I have in mind my neighbor who has inpatient surgery scheduled this week and another neighbor who is trying to hold down a full-time job, care for twins all while battling profound “morning” sickness.

Folks at church are fighting for their lives in physical and spiritual ways, and strangers who pass me on the road are clearly battling something as demonstrated by their impatient honking because I won’t make a right turn on red. I want to meet the needs of all. I want to do justice and love mercy. But I’m daily confronted by the fact that I’m so limited.

The Solution of Prayer

What am I to do when doing justly and/or loving mercy seem to come in conflict with walking humbly with my God?

God keeps bringing me to this answer: prayer.

God invites us to cast our cares before Him because He cares for us. He tells us to be anxious for nothing BUT WITH PRAYER present our requests before Him. God commands us to pray without ceasing.

And, when I walk humbly with God, I see the immense kindness in His command. He gives us a way to do justly, love mercy WHILE walking humbly with Him. It is by praying without ceasing.

I can’t take a meal or give money to every sick person or family I know. I cannot extend kindness to all my neighbors all at the same time they’re in need nor conjure up sustainable solutions for the refugee crisis and contact all the necessary world powers to make it happen.

I cannot heal all, but I know the Healer.

I cannot provide for all the needs, but I know the Provider.

I cannot rescue everyone in need, but I know the Rescuer.

I cannot comfort all the broken, but I know the Comforter.

I cannot speak peace over every situation, but I know the Prince of Peace.

I cannot be all to all, but I can go to the Great I Am through prayer, lay all the people, problems and pleas for help before the Omniscient and Omnipresent God of all Creation.

I can do this through prayer.

A Resource to Help You Pray

Recently, via an Instagram contest of all things, I came upon A–Z prayer cards designed by blogger/author/speaker, Amelia Rhodes. It is a simple concept packed with a powerful prayer punch. It has served me personally in this tension of wanting to do far more than I practically can do. It provides prayer prompts starting with each letter of the alphabet along with a scripture that coincides with the prayer focus. It ranges from Adoption to a creative “Zero Prejudice” for the letter “Z.”

The cards are well thought out, color printed on sturdy cardstock with blank lines for the user to write in the names of people and/or organizations that are personal to them.

If, like me, your compassion far exceeds your capacity, pick up a set of these prayer cards and unload your burdens onto a God whose competence matches His kindness, both boundless.

Briana is a truth seeker who wrestles with how to love God with all her heart, mind, soul, and strength and how to faithfully live Micah 6:8. She writes privately to order the chaos in her mind. She writes publicly to express solidarity with those who suffer, and to encourage and persuade others of the one thing of which she is utterly convinced: that God is a big God and a good God and loves His people with an indescribable love. You can follow her on Instagram at balmengor or on Facebook at Briana Almengor.

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When Doing Justly, Loving Mercy, and Walking Humbly Stand at Odds

by Briana Almengor time to read: 3 min